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    "...meaning to say" vs "What I mean is.."

    Which is correct / proper to use verbally:

    1. "... meaning to say, ..." or

    2. "What I mean is, ..."

    3. "It means that, ..."

    (Any more suitable phrases?)

    No. 2 and 3 is commonly used.

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    Re: "...meaning to say" vs "What I mean is.."

    Quote Originally Posted by whitechalk View Post
    Which is correct / proper to use verbally:

    1. "... meaning to say, ..." or

    2. "What I mean is, ..."

    3. "It means that, ..."

    (Any more suitable phrases?)

    No. 2 and 3 is commonly used.
    It depends on what the problem is. Here are examples of how you might use any of the above:

    1. "That's not what I meant. What I was meaning to say was..."
    However, it is probably more common to say "What I meant to say is ..."

    This is used after you've said something and you can tell by the response of the hearer that they have misunderstood you.


    2. If someone doesn't understand something you are attempting to explain, you may want to restate your sentence and begin by saying, "What I mean is that..."

    3. If someone were to ask you what something means you would answer them. "It means that..."

    Please, let me know if this helps you.

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    Re: "...meaning to say" vs "What I mean is.."

    Can both phrases be used in writing?

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    Re: "...meaning to say" vs "What I mean is.."

    Quote Originally Posted by Grace Spreader View Post
    ...

    1. "That's not what I meant. What I was meaning to say was..."
    However, it is probably more common to say "What I meant to say is ..."


    ...
    I suspect that the usage that whitechalk is after uses the present participle as the verb in a subordinate clause, rather than the present continuous - a lazy way of saying ' - by which I mean to say...'. I don't know what exactly is wrong with this, but I loathe it.

    There is another context in which this participle might be used in a perfectly acceptable way, explaining a slip of the tongue: 'He said the meeting was on Monday, meaning to say "Tuesday"'.

    So it all depends on context (as always).

    b

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